Activists hope the EU presidency of Malta, a recent LGBTIQ champion, will help to put their rights higher on the EU agenda.
MEPs express outrage after the EU Commission takes no action against Lithuania over an anti-propaganda law that discriminates against gay people.
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Hate speech, whether homophobic or islamophobic, can prompt violent crime, justice commissioner Vera Jourova has warned in the wake of the Orlando and Jo Cox killings.
"Personal activism" is worth more than politicians' talk, but a “meek” EU will never win public support, an Irish gay rights campaigner tells EUobserver.
EU politicians should attend gay Pride marches to stop illiberal forces in the EU from turning back the clock on basic civil liberties, such as the freedom to assembly.
Governments must be willing to hear critical voices; otherwise their desire to have an NGO sector is only lip service.
Decision to allow same-sex unions deleted last zone of anti-gay intolerance in western Europe. Lack of adoption rights left "bitter taste".
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The EU commission is going to sponsor a boat in Amsterdam Gay Pride for the first time ever. But Hungary has said that type of thing undermines its sovereignty.
The Senate approved a bill recognising same-sex unions, but political manoeuvres led prime minister Matteo Renzi to scrap the green light for gay adoption.
If Dutch voters stop the EU-Ukraine treaty in a referendum in April, they will help to stall the reform process. What will happen to Ukraine’s LGBT community?
New law will allow gay citizens to enter into a civil union, which had been available to different-sex couples for several years.
Almost two-thirds of people rejected a law on gay marriage in Slovenia’s referendum on Sunday, highlighting an east-west EU cultural divide.
The EU has a formidable instrument to promote its values overseas: visa-free travel. It worked in Ukraine. But it’s not being used in Turkey.
The adopted legislation was a requirement from Brussels if Ukraine wants visa-free travel.
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Ukrainian MPs have voted down a gay rights law in a decision likely to kill chances of EU visa-free travel by the end of the year.
Recent breakthroughs on LGBTI rights in Malta, Ireland, and Latvia shouldn't mask the fact that a lot more needs to be done to end discrimination in Europe.
Council of Europe has condemned "continued discrimination" against Roma and says LGBT people should be given more attention.
Germany has among the best anti-discrimination laws in the EU. So why's it the main country blocking an EU-wide equal treatment bill?
The EU should not let itself be blinded by marriage equality confetti; we have a lot of work left to do.
The EU is becoming more "sensitive" in how it promotes gay rights in former Soviet states. A tactical sacrifice, or ceding ground?
Ireland has voted Yes to same-sex marriage, becoming the first country to enshrine marriage equality in its constitution by popular mandate.
If the Yes side wins in Friday's referendum, Ireland will be the first country ever to introduce gay marriage by changing its constitution.
The discrimination that LGBT citizens experience in the European Union can no longer be overlooked
Slovakia will hold a referendum on marriage and gay rights this weekend, amid a debate so bitter the country's president has warned of "broken" social relations.
Estonia on Thursday became the first former Soviet republic to grant equal rights to same-sex couples, amid a nasty atmosphere.
A defiant Conchita Wurst on Wednesday challenged homophobic politicians and governments opposed to same-sex marriage to overcome their fears.
Catalonia’s new anti-homophobe legislation could see offenders fined up to €14,000 for attacks carried out against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGTB).
Gay people in Serbia held a march in Belgrade on Sunday in what has been described as a “milestone” in the country's history.
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